Thursday, August 11th, 2011 12:04:45

Morning in America Needed

Last week, over a long, late dinner with friends, our discussion turned to their recent trip to Australia. They remarked that the country appeared to be full of “optimism,” “energy” and “enthusiasm.” People were on the move, getting to work and prosperity was in the air.

It reminded me of the commercial President Reagan used in the 1984 election, “It’s morning in America.” The feelings that our friends picked up on in Australia were the same ones that we used to feel in our country and in our economy. We were busy; we were optimistic; we were prospering — or were confident that we would be soon.

Australia had a 4.9 percent unemployment rate in July. No wonder the atmosphere is buzzing.